The Privilege of Facebook


I remember when I was a freshman in college in 2004 and a girl on my hall was talking about Facebook.  Face-what?  I had no clue what she was talking about and then she started telling me that its this thing that students in one college can use to talk to other people in your school.  Mainly it was this place you could upload your classes and class times to connect with people in your same classes….man o man, how things have changed!  That’s not even an option anymore!  I remember when it was only the BIG Colleges and Universities that had Facebook.  In fact, when the smaller schools and community colleges were given access I remember it actually being annoying to me. haha little did I know it would not end there!

Next they opened it up to high schools…high schools? really?  To this day I’m not sure that was a great idea.  In fact, I think its just another way to make kids feel insecure and hurt when they see pics from parties they weren’t invited to, or find on on Facebook, likely after many of their friends have, that they boyfriend or girlfriend has dumped them.  wahh so sad too bad!

Then the real kick in the gut:  when it was opened to the world.  All you needed was an email address.  Wow so in an instant something that you initially had to “qualify” for is given to just any jo-shmo on the streets!  And from there, well the rest is history.  The 2000′s would be a much different place if it weren’t for the book!  Nowadays, everyone from grandmas to charities, and races to every business that gets any business has a Facebook page, and that’s just the beginning!  The people who aren’t on Facebook are almost looked as defective in some way…”you don’t have Facebook?  Whyyyyyy?” And then of course there’s the rebels who shut down their profile.  I tried to do that once, ok you got me-I tried to do that 27 times, but it never really stuck.  I’m addicted, what can you say?  Feel free to follow erinHasThoughts on Facebook….what, is that not cool? hehe

Do you use Facebook?  Do you use it for personal or business purposes? When did you get it?

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I just started eHT in January of 2011, and I'm shocked and humbled that people read it! For some reason it seems like I am always in the most ridiculous situations and witness things only seen in movies, so I like to share my experiences with all of you. Thanks for reading! xo

Posted on August 1, 2012, in Facebook and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Sooo. When the book first became a public thing, I refused to get it. My motto was, “if i am not your friend in real life, why would i be your friend on the internet?” And then my sisters conned me into getting it. And now I hate it. I really do. And I keep thinking back to my old motto and how true it is. Ha!

    • Funny story about that…I once lived in this house that had 4 apartments in it. 2 on top, 2 on bottom. I lived on the top and there was this girl that lived across the hall from me that was a nice enough girl but honestly would not make eye contact or say hello in passing unless I said it first. Then one day I’m just minding my own business and I get a friend request…from her. I literally slammed my laptop closed, at which point my roommate was like “wtf is wrong with you” and I told him the whole story and said “I have half a mind to walk across the hall and say “Lets be real friends” LOL. I mean for me, its a love hate relationship…I love that I can keep in touch with people, and it certainly gives me some light entertainment to know that people are “at the gym” or “so cold”, but it gets to a point where enough is enough! haha

  2. “In fact, when the smaller schools and community colleges were given access I remember it actually being annoying to me.”

    What is this big university elitism?

    -Signed, an ECSU graduate.

    • Dear ECSU grad:
      I don’t look at it so much as elitism…I look at it more as just something earned that was just given to others. For example: When I was in high school I really wanted a cell phone, and I thought that because I had a job and could pay for it myself I deserved it. I was really excited to get it and was happy because I had earned it. But then, the coolness was taken away almost immediately: my brother and sister 15 and 12 at the time, were given cell phones…no earning necessary. So that’s kind of how I felt about FB in the early years. It was a privilege given to those who were in big schools…everyone else still had the alternative (myspace).

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